Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Poverty blamed for child trafficking

Inspector General of Police Ogbonna Onovo yesterday said poverty and evil religious practices are some of the factors that promote child trafficking. Onovo, represented by Deputy Inspector General John Hamza Amadu, spoke at the 4th specialized meeting on Child Trafficking in West Africa, organised by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) in Abuja.

"We must strive to eliminate factors that promote this evil act; some of them being poverty, obnoxious traditional practices of child fostering, seasonal labour migration and evil religious practices," he said.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Josephine Anenih said efforts to combat trafficking of children must target rural communities where more people reside.

Founder of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) Mrs. Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar said an effective tool which African countries must adopt to fight and eradicate child trafficking is adequate legislation and strong law enforcement.

Daily Trust

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